About Us

Habitat Ecology

Habitat Ecology is an environmental consultancy that has evolved after 40 years working in the natural resource management and horticultural fields. We are about providing independent environmental and ecological management advice to a range of clients.

Habitat Ecology can support development applications – through providing rigorous flora and fauna assessment of sites, negotiations with state and local government organisations, addressing environmental conditions of planning permits and inputs into development planning processes.

Our aim is to provide quality timely reports for our clients to help them meet their project commitments, whilst balancing a commitment to the sustainability of the environment, the community and our business.

Our Vision

To help people make informed environmental decisions by providing sound environmental advice and information.

Our Accreditations

We are a proud member of the following institutions

Our Accreditations

Paul Slinger has worked for state and local government organisations, the private sector and as a contractor in the natural resource management and horticultural fields. Working in a range of environments within the Yarra Valley and other areas across Victoria.He has gained extensive experience in the management of flora and fauna both indigenous and exotic.

  • PGCert Bushfire Planning & Management
  • PGCert App Sci. (Ornithology)
  • BAppSci Parks & Recreation (Wildlife)
  • Diploma of Sustainability
  • Diploma of Arboriculture
  • Certificate IV Project Management Practice
  • Certificate IV Training and Assessment
  • Certificate of Horticulture
  • Certificate of Pest Animal Management

Paul has been a representative on the Yarra Ranges Council Environmental Advisory Committee (YREAC), and has been a sessional lecturer in Natural Resource Management at Swinburne University of Technology (TAFE Division). He is currently a member of the Association of Rangers and Conservationists Victoria( ARCV), and was the Vice-President for 5 years, he is also a member of the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), Victorian Tree Industry Organisation (VTIO) has been an accredited assessor under the Quantified Tree Risk Assessment (QTRA) methodology. Paul has been ECLIPs certified (Environmentally Certified Landscape Industry Professionals) through Sustainable Gardening Australia.

Our Projects

  • Development of Land & Property Plans to meet planning requirements
  • Assessments of trees on development sites to meet planning requirements for both private landholders, developers and global organisations
  • Biodiversity & No Net Loss Assessments utilising DELWP’s Native Vegetation Information Management (NVIM) and the Victorian Biodiversity Atlas (VBA) Database
  • Bushfire Attack Level assessments (BAL’s) for building requirements
  • Bushfire Management Statements (BMS) for planning requirements under the Bushfire Management Overlay
  • Undertaking the development of Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) for the Vertebrate Pest Management Association (Victoria).
  • Research and design of a feral proof fence for Healesville Sanctuary, Healesville, Victoria. (Not Currently Installed Fence)
  • Assessment of the impacts of proposed development on vegetation, Lilydale, Victoria.
  • Various residential flora and fauna assessments within the
    Manningham Council, Victoria.